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August 13, 2007
GOP To Do YouTube
For better or worse, Republican presidential candidates will appear at a rescheduled YouTube debate to be held November 28th.
The GOP backed out of the debate originally scheduled for September due to scheduling conflicts and the sense that the format was undignified. There was also a concern that the questions asked would put them at a political disadvantage given the bias of those who would be choosing which videos to show - the editors and producers at CNN:
The campaigns of Rudolph W. Giuliani and Senator John McCain have signed on, according to CNN, which will broadcast the event. CNN said it had not heard from Mitt Romney, who has been critical of the format, in which the public poses questions via video sent to YouTube. Mr. Romney’s spokesman could not be reached last night. With the frontrunner Rudy Giuliani committed to show up, it is unlikely that any GOP candidate would pass up the debate and risk being branded "anti-internet" or as someone who just doesn't get the new technology.
Expect lots of questions of the "Did you beat your wife today?" variety as CNN will look to put the GOP candidates in the worst possible situations and make them squirm.
This is what passes for "entertainment" on the news nets these days.